Since having her fourth child, Nicole suffered from stress incontinence.
It wasn’t severe, but still caused her problems. Her youngest is now five and she’s plodded along, accepting it as a normal part of her life.
“I get up throughout the night to go the bathroom and think nothing of it. The kids have made fun of me if I laugh too much. I once had an incident on the Scooby Doo ride with my daughter whilst on holidays on the Gold Coast,” she told Mamamia.
Nicole is a registered nurse and founder of Trusted Surgeons, a platform that allows users and plastic surgeons to interact and engage with each other in a safe, online space.
During a visit to the 2018 ASAPS Non-surgical symposium in the Gold Coast earlier this year, she stumbled upon the booth for the BTL Emsella, marketed as a chair that uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) to cause deep pelvic floor muscles stimulation and restoration of the neuromuscular control.
The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and vagina so exercising and strengthening these muscles can reduce urinary incontinence.
BTL business development manager Gareth Pepper told Mamamia that each therapy lasts 28 minutes. During that period, the Emsella induces 11,200 supramaximal contractions of the pelvic floor.
When she stumbled upon the Emsella booth, Nicole was at first nervous – talking about her incontinence makes her very uncomfortable.
“As I stood with my pelvic floor tense and legs crossed, I listened to Gareth and Petra [at the booth] explain the Emsella. Within minutes my clenching subsided, everything relaxed (no accidents) and I was sittingon the magical chair,” she said. “It turns out the Emsella treats the entire pelvic floor area whilst the patient is fully clothed. Yes, nothing invasive being stuck where it doesn’t belong.”
Nicole sat on the Emsella for the full 28-minute course. She said it felt like she was doing a pelvic floor workout, but all she did was sit there. She noticed a difference right away.
"The following night I thought I would test myself and drink loads of water all evening and again I did not wake up. It really did work. I noticed a significant improvement in my quality of life and for the first time ever, I realised that stress incontinence was not something I had to live with."
Pepper told Mamamia the Emsella is TGA certified. He said BTL has successfully installed hundreds of chairs in the US, and they can also be found throughout Europe and Asia.